New Queen Album Featuring Unreleased Freddie Mercury Material is Now Official
A new Queen album – the first of original material in two decades – had been considered at the end of 2013, and as of today, the release now looks to be official.
Guitarist Brian May discussed plans, which included revisiting demos and recordings featuring Freddie Mercury, in December 2013. Now, May, in an interview with BBC Wales Radio, revealed that Mercury’s vocals, taken from previously unreleased tracks, have been reworked.
Talking about the project, May explained: “We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful. People will be hearing this work towards the end of the year. We are going to put out an album which will probably be called ‘Queen Forever.’ It is a compilation but will have this material that nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.”
Although Queen considers the album a compilation, it started, essentially, with fragments from ‘80s ballads. May tells listeners to expect a big sound – a feat that required a significant amount of work. He said: “It wouldn’t have been if we hadn’t have done this restoration job. We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology.”
Mays previously spoke about Mercury recording a duet with Michael Jackson and about going back to tracks produced by William Orbit in the 1980s. There’s no word whether any of these cuts will make it onto the album.
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